Green houseplants have come back into popularity, but leaves with color is also appreciated in today’s home decorating style. Here are five easy to grow houseplants offering a variation on the traditional “green”.
Pothos ‘Silver Satin’
The silver patches add a surprise to the glossy leaves of this tough plant. Tolerant of very low light, pothos also can run very dry. In fact, the biggest mistake in caring for this plant is to keep it too wet.
Though this variety is not new, it is still very well-liked. Dracaena, as a group, prefer to be dry and tolerate low light. ‘Lemon-lime’ is a type of Warneckii Dracaena, a group of plants that have done well in homes and office situations.
Rubber plants have made quite a come-back from their popular era of the dark green varieties in the 1970’s. Dark bronze-green leaves, green and white, and mottled maroon and cream are all the rage now, and rightly so with their stately upright habit and large smooth leaves. Rubber plants prefer moderately moist conditions and don’t take the extreme dry soils like pothos, ZZ plant, and mother-in-law’s tongue. Plus, they do better with some sunlight.
New on the scene is “Sun Ray’ with it’s bright yellow stripe down the center of each long thin leaf. Like other Dracaenas, it should get fairly dry between waterings. Though it takes low light, this dracaena will do better with a bit more light, even bright sunlight.
Good plants for accenting a counter, bookshelf, or tabletop, Rex Begonias do not grow large but offer a lot of subtle color. Some varieties are even known for their beautiful flowers. Begonias adapt to lower light but do best with bright indirect light. They need to dry some between waterings and prefer a very light fertilizing regime.